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  1. Can you tell me more about your experience? My daughter is finishing Primary Mathematics 2B. How do you complement the two curriculums. She is doing very well with Singapore Math, but BA looks so cool. I just don't want it to be too much.
  2. The answers to the workbook are in the back of the workbook. There are fully worked solutions to some of the word problems (the ones that require bar diagrams), but most of the answers are just the numerical answer. In the teacher guide, there are many more fully worked problems from the examples in the textbook. The textbook also has additional practice problems, and the answers to those are in the teacher guide. The straightforward questions have only numerical answers in the answer key. The more complex problems have fully explained solutions with bar diagrams. PM me with your em
  3. My kids are 6th and 9th grades, and we have a few things that we used for both kids for all or almost all of the years. We used Singapore Math until we finished it at level 6 (the kids are doing different things for pre-A and beyond, although both kids seem to enjoy using Life of Fred as a supplement). Both kids used Hirsh's Core Knowledge in elementary school to guide topic choice in history, science, and literature stories. We didn't cover the material in the same way, but they mostly covered the same content. The Michael Clay Thompson series for language arts has been a hit with both ki
  4. I haven't curriculum hopped/changed much over the last 19 or so years. Things I've used from the start and never deviated from: McGuffey's Primer reader/workbook + Phonics Pathways (my Primer has each child's name and the date they finished the book going back to my oldest sister in 1977!) A Reason for Spelling Evan-Moore Daily Language, etc. books Saxon math grades 1 and 2 Singapore Math 3A-6B + Horizons for review/supplement Teach Them Spanish K-5 Galore Park Spanish/French Ellen McHenry science, art and English Wes Olson's 101 science series (starting in upper el
  5. Well, I am a newbie. I wanted something different this year and something I could do with all of my children. For LA, we are all doing level 4. I am supplementing for my oldest with Classical academia press (narrative 2) and will try to squeeze in WWS. So far that hasn't happened. Also, supplementing tgtb's handwriting for my youngest. I like it. My girls are strong spellers, so so far it hasn't been too challenging. I elected to skip the writing part for my youngest since she is only in 2nd grade. I also add in vocab. I really like writing with ease's oral narration and c
  6. I find that my most intense grades are typically the ones that correspond with time-intensive parenting more than schooling. There are times when certain academic things take time - academics prior to being able to read, and for both kids, going from finishing the Singapore Math workbooks to...anything...took effort, as does learning to write an essay and making sure we have supplies for high school labs. Some stretches take managerial time, some take driving time, but it depends on the kid and how many of those things collide at once. And, I think which of those things you find difficult r
  7. As often as needed for home classes. I kind of wish I had version tracking on the course description database our cover school uses, because the plan of study I put in at the beginning of the semester rarely even came close to matching the one at the end, especially those first few years (For example, we had quite a few years where I started out listing "Singapore Math 3A-B with IP and CWP" and ended up sounding like I was trying to create a new version of the 12 days of Christmas or something because I had so many books and levels listed in the effort to stay one step ahead (AoPS finally got
  8. Yeah, I wonder about this too! My son disliked Miquon when I tried it with him. He found all the clapping, the number lines, etc in the beginning level really annoying and he was much happier with Singapore math. I think maybe because he already had his own way of thinking about numbers? My daughter responds really well to it. And it's not just the manipulatives, because we haven't used those much in a while. It's the whole structure of the program. (Obviously I agree with everyone that the teaching is the most important part and a program on it's own can't do it all.)
  9. Also, is TWTM even a popular curriculum anymore? There could be a lack of fresh new users to populate the education boards. Do new homeschoolers even read homeschooling books? Does TWTM even HAVE that magical app that all the new parents are asking for? Even if I WANTED to participate in the curriculum-specific boards, my experience is limited to outdated curricula. I used Singapore Math before they even HAD an Americanized version. We loved all of the cultural differences and learned from them. To this day, if I can’t identify a fruit, I call it a “weird singapore math fruit.”
  10. I've read this thread a couple of times over the past week and I've been perplexed about how a student could skip to any typical algebra program after completing 3rd or 4th grade math. My kids understood the concepts of variables while still very young and one of mine thought solving equations like x^2 + 7 = 56 (and more complicated equations of that sort) was a fun puzzle prior to starting K, but we still went through Singapore Math (skipping sections as indicated) because there were so many concepts that kid didn't know (like fractions, decimals, techniques for multidigit multiplicatio
  11. It is BJU 5, but he had completed Singapore Math through 5A.
  12. We stopped school in the spring at end of April. We did not start up again until end of August. Upon restarting, I found the kids to be quite behind, as if, they had forgotten much of what they learned last year. We had been using Singapore math, but since I had a BJU math on the shelf, son wanted to do it. Later, I bought one for daughter. For son, he is 11 yrs old (just turned 11) and in 5th grade. We are about six weeks in and his memory seems well jogged now. He says he loves BJU math, but I suspect this is because it involves so much review. It is easy for him, nothing is new.
  13. I have two children doing BJU and one doing Math Mammoth right now. I find Singapore math to have shorter lessons than either of those. But I think my children are preferring BJU right now because it requires less thinking from them. Everything is more broken down and incremental, no big leaps. When we finish the year they are on for BJU right now, we will likely go back to Singapore Math, primary edition (US edition). Not because BJU is bad, BJU is fine and great. I just happen to already own all the Singapore Math books as I kept picking them up whenever I found the workbooks "used" but not
  14. I only "lend" things that I am willing to part with....which is frequently because I have a small house and try not to keep anything around I am not using. But I have two semi-related stories. 1. I needed to borrow a meat grinder once. I am a vegetarian and only needed it for a single cat food experiment. If the experiment went well, I planned to purchase my own but did not want to buy one until I knew. A friend offered me theirs. This person is always happy to lend things and I have borrowed from him frequently before that time. I got it home and tried to put it together. It was
  15. I have a theory on this, because it happens in the UK as well, including among adults who took and passed university/college-entrance-level maths that subsequently don't use high-level maths again for a few years. Fifth-grade maths is usually reinforced in schools by a year of doing not a lot except reinforcing that level of maths. There might be time spent working on mental maths, or basic geography geometry/statistics, but it's often the focus of hitting standardised tests at the end of 6th grade using 5th-grade maths (which are a thing in the UK (SATS) and in some US states) and
  16. She drew some bars like she learned in Singapore Math. First, one bar (unit) for Paul and 5 bars for Dad. Then she drew Paul one bar and dad 4 bars. She added + 3 years then she got stuck. Honestly, I don't know how to solve it without a traditional algebra equation but there must be a simpler way.
  17. One of my kids was happy if kid could occupy my time all day and didn't much care how that happened - arguing over every math problem would suffice. I ended up making some unexpected choices to avoid the sorts of fights you're describing. Have you checked the Critical Thinking Company? I know that we used some 3-4th grade materials so I don't know how young they go. i've been happy with everything that we've used - Science Detective, Reading Detective, Inference Jones, Language Mechanic, Editor in Chief, Balance Benders. Would she be able to read a chapter of Story of the World each day on
  18. Some kids need more practice than what is in Singapore Math, too. It’s so individual how much practice kids need.
  19. Hmm, it seems the cluttered pages are something to keep in mind. I do like that everyone on this thread seems to agree that MM has a lot of practice. Do you feel that not having a teacher's guide is a significant drawback, or does the worktext suffice? Yes, that's a part of the problem for me. I have multiple kids (other than the ones I'm referring to here) and I want to avoid becoming overwhelmed by a gajillion homeschooling materials. I'd like to keep it as simple as possible without sacrificing quality of content. So if that means sticking to Singapore Math, so be it. I'm glad t
  20. I'm looking for a complete math curriculum for my 2nd and 5th grader. I thought I was set on Singapore Math, but after some more research I'm going to add MM to the running. I'm looking for something which offers a lot of practice work, helps them strengthen their mental math skills, and helps builds a great foundation for middle and high school math. Would you say one of these fit the bill better than the other?
  21. Daughter has always used SM. However, she was in a charter school that used Math In Focus. I do not think it worked well for her. Then she moved on to home schooling and we used Singapore Math US edition. I had some Beast Academy on the shelf. She finished SM 2B. Then started BA 2A. So far, she says it is "hard but fine." Meanwhile, older brother, who had done Singapore Math from the beginning through 5A, lost a lot of skills over the summer. One factor is, this was a weird year. We stopped late April and did not start again until about a month ago. We did ITBS this year and all school seemed
  22. Oh wow, thank you so much everyone! I didn't expect such thorough and extensive feedback. After taking everything mentioned here in to account, we've decided BA probably won't be the right fit for us. We're going to go with Singapore Math, hopefully it works for us. Thanks again 🙂
  23. so, testing mine out again....when I stand workbooks, etc. upright (instead of on their spines, though they do fit that way), I can still grasp both handles in one hand and carry it that way. I have right now in the one I just tested: 5 Singapore Math workbooks, all upright 4 Usborne books (narrow ones, like the Science Activities Vol....), also upright Akebu to Zapotec (thin book) Story of the Orchestra hardback book, that one is on its spine vs upright a spray bottle of alcohol/cleaner (which is why I put the workbooks upright, to make room for the spray bottle) So....it is he
  24. I'll join @Janeway in praising Singapore Math. We used the US edition, and this was before any BA books had been published. I combined SM with a weekly MOEMS lesson for problem solving practice, and after Level 5, we transitioned seamlessly to AoPS PreAlgebra. Knowing what I know now and having used BA with several other students I would probably do it again.
  25. My daughter hated BA until she was ahead of the concepts. So basically, the practices are puzzles. Puzzles for practicing concepts is easier if you already get the concepts when applied in a normal way. I love Singapore Math and I do not use the teachers manual. I use the real Singapore Math and not one of the rewritten by American Publishers Standards or Math In Focus. We are doing BA now, but BA 2A along side SM 3A.
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